Nacogdoches First Functional Forum Meet-up: Evolution of Pediatrics

Calling all East Texas Health Practitioners and Students!

We are excited to announce East Texas first Functional Health Meet-up.

January 22, 2018 6:30-8:30 PM SFA Education Annex Building Room 126

This meet-up is an opportunity to gather with local like-minded health professionals to discover the latest clinical research, participate in engaging conversations, and for practitioners to develop their referral networks – it takes a village to raise a child and it takes a tribe to turn our runaway healthcare system around – be a part of that tribe!

Please help us spread the word and share this invite with others! Looking forward to seeing you there 

For our first Functional Forum of 2018, we are thrilled to present: The Evolution of Pediatrics
Of all the medical specialties, Pediatrics has been the slowest to evolve due to its traditionally conservative viewpoint. However, with massive rise in chronic pediatric illness, more and more pediatricians (and parents) are looking for answers outside of the conventional box.

In this episode, we traveled across the country to meet with pediatric practices and practitioners on the cutting edge of this medical evolution.

First, we interview two sister pediatricians, Dr. Nicole Shorrock, who was featured on the June Forum: “Evolution of Neurology” and her sister, Dr. Katie Long, who practice together as part of a hospital-based practice near Sacramento, California. They share how they have been able to practice functionally inside a conventional medical system.

Next, we met with Dr. Sheila Kilbane, an integrative pediatrician based on Charlotte, North Carolina who was featured on last summer’s “Journey to 100”. Dr. Kilbane showed us around her practice and talked about antibiotics, gut heath and chronic illness.

Also featured is Kimberly Shirk, a Physician’s Assistant trained in functional and integrative medicine and member of our Practice Accelerator and Membership Practice Builder programs from Columbia, South Carolina. Kimberly has built an interdisciplinary pediatric clinic, including midwifery and functional medicine, using a low-cost direct primary care model — an evolution in the business model of integrative pediatrics!



Incredible “Insant” Soup!

Well – I purchased another kitchen gadget, one of the latest crazes, an Instant Pot.  It is my first pressure cooker and I have been rather amazed at the results!  Today we needed some broth quick so decided to see if this new gadget could deliver as it claims… I will go ahead and let the cat out of the bag I was VERY pleased! I forgot to add salt but have to say this was the most flavorful basic broth I have had!

  • Servings: 3-4
  • Difficulty: easy
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A tasty QUICK soup when you are in a pinch.


  • 1 Leek
  • 5-6 Celery Stalks
  • 1 Small Onion
  • 1-2 TB Ghee


1. Chop veggies
2. Pre-heat instant pot with the SAUTE setting
3. When it turned “HOT” then I added the ghee and sauteed veggies
4. Once veggies were just under being fully cooked I added water to the 1/2 mark inside the pot
5. Then chose the SOUP setting – adjusted to “LESS”
6. Closed the lid and let it do its thing!

Spring 2018 Organic Food Challenge!

Hello everyone – I have a lot of things in the works right now – one of them is as a contributor to Transcending Into Wellness: A Healthy Living Journey where my Wellness Wednesday video series takes place each week.  The videos are short videos with helpful tips and information to transforming health.

We wrapped up the year with a series Tapping Into the Body’s Innate Healing System.  I covered the five core principles to achieving health and longevity.  plant-1474807.jpg

  • Food
  • Rest
  • Activity
  • Environment
  • Stress

Each of these play a vital role in how our body deals with day to day life.  Together they work in a synergystic manner where together are more powerful than the sum of each.  Anyway…

So – in light of transforming our health we talked about putting quality food, quality fuel, in our body.  Getting that can be a challenge and when we have the vision to not just transform our health but be a catalyst to transform the health of others, growing organic foods seems to be a simple, practical and beneficial way to help spread the opportunity to access quality food in our community.

We are in the process of creating a website but as of now the challenge is on facebook – hope you can join us as we join together to support one another in this new endeavor- urban organic farming!  (whether you are new, experienced or a seasoned ‘non’ urban farmer we would love for you to join us and SPREAD the word!)

Join The 2018 Urban Organic Farm Challenge Here!

(and make homemade treats with your homegrown foods!)


Simple Bone Broth

One of the core “ingredients” to most of the recipes for promoting healing include bone broth. Unfortunately most of the broths in the stores have sugar or other flavorings which can hinder our progress. Making broth is rather simple and something we can make in batches to freeze for later use. I make broth out of any type of bones – we save the carcasses from turkey, chicken and any beef we eat. I freeze the bones until I am ready to make a big batch and follow the following process:

Simple Bone Broth

Simple Bone Broth

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Simple Bone Broth


  • Bones – roasted – (if not see below)
  • Filtered or distilled water
  • 1 -2 tsp. Salt
  • 1 Bunch of Celery – diced
  • 1 small Onion – diced
  • 4-6 cloves of Garlic – minced
  • Oil – Butter – Ghee (choice) for sauteing
  • Parsley (Optional garnish)


  1. Pre-heat oven to 375
  2. Roast uncooked bones for about 30 minutes (if bones are already roasted such as leftovers from a whole chicken previously baked/roasted)
  3. Add bones to large pot or slow cooker and add water until bones are completely covered – then add about 50% more water
  4. If using a pot on the stove bring to a boil , then turn down on a low simmer and simmer for 12-24 hours
  5. If using a slow cooker turn on high for 2-3 hours then on low for 24 hours (can also leave on low the entire time)
  6. After the broth is made I then saute the veggies & garlic in a large stock pot
  7. When the veggies are almost done I strain the broth into this pot with the veggies and cook on low for 6-12 hours
  8. After this round of “cooking” I will either strain out the veggies and add them to a “stir-fry” and save the broth for later recipes or a mixture of straining out some of the broth for later use and some broth with the veggies for later.

Are you ready to open the door to better health?

Mark your calendar for our upcoming FREE health and wellness seminar:


Part 1 of Functional Awareness Series hosted by The Functional Perspective and MyMD Select

CBH INSURANCE – FREE SEMINAR – December 12, 2017

Chronic illness, including autoimmune disease, continues to rise at alarming rates. In fact, the health of the new generation today is worse than health of previous generations. We have a Serious Health Crisis on our hands! In order to turn this train around we need a shift in how we approach our health.

Functional Medicine answers that call!

Explore this new paradigm of addressing the root cause of adverse health with Functional Health expert and founder of The Functional Perspective, Salena Rothenberger, CHC, CFMP and the team from MyMD Select, Dr. Jeremy Smith and Jay Marsolan, FNP-C. They will delve into the core principles of Functional Medicine, what it is and how it can help you and your family on your journey to renewed health.

Learn the science behind symptom management, the seven keys to restoring health, how the current medical model fails those with chronic illness. Most importantly learn what you can do to take charge of you and your family’s health

Date: DECEMBER 12, 2017
Cost: FREE to the public (seating limited)
Registration is required:

Common – the new Normal?

I was having a conversation the other day with a friend about health. The topic came up because her aunt recently had a stroke. The family was surprised and their reactions comprised mostly of “She is healthy, how could this happen? Sure, she is a little overweight, but she doesn’t have any problems which aren’t normal.” Then I came across this post a fellow practitioner posted this article from the New Your Times on their facebook [oh and yes, I am on facebook now 😦 ] anyway… this article: ‘Fat but Fit?’ The controversy continues

“The bottom line is that metabolically healthy obesity doesn’t exist,” said Dr. Rishi Caleyachetty, of the College of Medical and Dental Sciences at the University of Birmingham in England, who was the lead author of the paper, published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. “Obesity is not a benign condition.”

Common disease is NOT normal and healthy


Dr. Caleyachetty nailed it!!! It boils down to we have been taught that what is common is ‘normal’ and that equates to ‘healthy’.  The idea that ‘everyone has some sort of adverse health, there isn’t anything that can be done about it, it is just part of life to have disease’. The sad sad truth is this is a BIG LIE!  Our skyrocketing health care costs are more than enough evidence to this fallacy.   Chances are you have heard the statistics about the astronomical amounts of money we spend in the U.S. but have are among the lowest when it comes to the quality of health in our society.   Do you ever wonder what it is you can do?  How can you get to the root of your adverse health?  Where can you find the information to get your health back on track so you can live a vibrant life?

The timing of the conversation with my friend and the post from the practitioner couldn’t have come at a better time.  If you are asking yourself the above questions, you will love what I am about to share!  TODAY I am revealing a new tool which I am sharing to help others restore their health.  You can get your FREE {no obligation} health assessment below.

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Be well!


Short hiatus…

Well hello! Wanted to touch base real quick updating you regarding my recent absence… I have been away for the last six weeks or so and ended up not having reliable internet while I was away not to mention the free-time seemed to be non-existent! I am back home now and have a lot of exciting things in the works 🙂 Hopefully will have some time in the near future to update you with some of the intriguing studies and information which I have come across in my recent course of study!

Infinite Joy

I have to confess I struggle with remembering to count my blessings… Especially on days like I have experienced this past week when my sons blood sugar numbers have been all over the map and well outside a ‘normal’ let alone ‘healthy’ range.   But tonight’s middle of the night check is one of those where joy overflows – the kind of joy where you wake up your spouse, you call your best friend in the middle of the night to share great news! Praise our creator!  The joy seems infinite at times like these 🙂  And it’s a joy that one has to share – I give you my joy, take all you need, and take a little extra to give someone else in need…

Top 3 Brain-Boosting Foods Fish: Wild Caught Salmon (Omega-3s – DHA & EPA) Berries: Blueberries, Blackberries (antioxidants) Greens: Bok Choy, Spinach, Collard Greens (folate)

Top 3 Brain Boosting Foods!

One of the common complaints about health is having brain-fog.  We often think this is just a part of aging which we have no control over.  Is that the case? What happens when we look at our brain from a functional perspective?

The simple fact is food affects our brain, for better or worse. Choosing foods which support proper brain function is vital to our overall wellness. Growth of healthy cells, healthy connections in the brain and efficient operation of our brain, and in turn our entire body, are affected by the foods we choose to consume. One of my favorite sayings about brain health comes from Dr. William Sears:

“Forget low-carb and low-fat diets. Eat a ‘right-carb’ and a ‘right-fat’ diet for optimal brain health!”

I couldn’t agree more! The quality of what we eat is of greater importance than the quantity. Let’s take a quick look at our brain health and food

When our brain is provided with healthy nourishment it can make healthy connections, process information, create memories and signal muscles and hormones to react and move. Next time you think about healthy eating, don’t just think about the benefits it will have on your waistline. Rather, think of all the positive benefits your brain receives from getting the right brain-boosting nutrition!

So what is the fuel which is vital to the brain?

For optimal function our brains need:
Omega-3 fats, Folate, Antioxidants and Carbohydrates.

  • Omega-3s are important building blocks in the brain – they are vital to the proper function of impulses which take place.
  • Folate is a nutrient needed for neurotransmitter function.
  • Antioxidants keep the blood brain barrier healthy, protecting cells from wear and tear and improve blood flow by decreasing excessive blood clotting.
  • Carbohydrates are needed because your brain uses them for energy.

What are quality sources of these brain fuels?

Top 3 Brain-Boosting Foods

Fish: Wild Caught Salmon (Omega-3s – DHA & EPA)
Berries: Blueberries, Blackberries (antioxidants)
Greens: Bok Choy, Spinach, Collard Greens (folate)

One of my family’s favorite meal is grilled salmon with a side of steamed veggies and large bowl of mixed greens topped with a bit of olive oil and berries. Even my child who isn’t fond of fish loves this meal! I have a super simple salmon recipe here. As well as more information on Omega-3s and essential fats here.

So the next time you go shopping remember to stop by the produce and seafood departments to get a special brain-boosting treat 🙂


Soares AA, et al (2017)  A double- blind, randomized, and placebo-controlled clinical trial with omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (OPFA ɷ-3) for the prevention of migraine in chronic migraine patients using amitriptyline.  Nutr Neurosci. doi: 10.1080/1028415X.2016.1266133.

Pu H, Jiang X, Wei Z, Hong D, Hassan S, Zhang W, Shi Y, Chen L, Chen J.(2016) Repetitive and prolonged omega-3 fatty acid treatment after traumatic brain injury enhances long-term tissue restoration and cognitive recovery.
Cell Transplant. doi: 10.3727/096368916X693842. PMID: 27938482

Pu H, Jiang X, Hu X, Xia J, Hong D, Zhang W, Gao Y, Chen J, Shi Y. (2016) Delayed Docosahexaenoic Acid Treatment Combined with Dietary Supplementation of Omega-3 Fatty Acids Promotes Long-Term Neurovascular Restoration After Ischemic Stroke.
Transl Stroke Res. 2016 Dec;7(6):521-534.

Jiraungkoorskul W. Review of neuro-nutrition used as anti-alzheimer plant, spinach Spinacia oleracea. Phcog Rev [serial online] 2016 [cited 2017 Jan 17];10:105-8. Available from:

The Adventure Begins 

Can’t tell you how many times I have been in such a situation and the countless times that it was a new chapter with an adventure I could never have dreamed of.

This applies to so many areas in our lives, whether work, social, health or families – sometimes what appears to be the end is but a glorious beginning!!!

I am often reminded of the illustration of an infant who leaves the only ‘world’ they have known – and the intensity involved in the birthing process – but what an amazing journey that begins!


When there’s a big disappointment, we don’t know if that’s the end of the story. It may be just the beginning of a great adventure. ~Pema Chödrön

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